- If there is an issue, state your stance right in the beginning. Support your point of view with compelling evidence. Give reasons about why the reader should consider your opinion and accept it. Combine logic with the emotional appeal because this combination works well. The reader won't take you seriously if you use any inflammatory expressions or overstate your position. Ask for a response, if you need one.
- Provide the details of the problem and mention your stance.
- Support your position with convincing evidence.
- Discuss what action the reader should take. You can also persuade the reader to take action through an emotional appeal.
- Give a final appeal to consider your suggestion to rectify the situation. You can also mention the benefits of following your approach.
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[State, ZIP Code]
[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-
Dear [Recipients Name],
I am writing to you to ask for your help in appealing to the mayor of (name of city) to stop the demolition of the old stadium complex of our town. I and those from my organization feel that such a historical landmark should not be torn down only to be replaced by a cluster of apartments or houses. We believe that this stadium has been a part of many of the families in (name of city) lives throughout the decades and demolishing the stadium would be like dealing a blow to their family histories.
Help us save the old gymnasium and help keep this city's rich history.
[Senders Title] -Optional-
[Enclosures: number] - Optional -
cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -
Example letter of persuasion to stop demolition of a stadium.
Further things to consider when writing persuasive letters to government officials
Persuasive letters are letters written to persuade others towards accepting the senders' issues, perspectives, or interests. Such letters are meant to influence the recipients' thoughts and actions. The recipient can be organizations such as banks, schools, and NGOs, or individuals such as CEOs, government officials, directors, etc. Whether you want to solve a problem with your bank or you want someone to help you or do something for you, Persuasive letters can get the job done. All you need to do it to convince the recipient to agree with your side of the story.
Before writing persuasive letters you need to brainstorm what you want, why you want it, and any arguments against you. Be brief and use clear, uncluttered sentences. State your main points in the opening statements. Go straight to the point and emphasize the importance of your request. Support your request with logical information. If necessary, provide a few testimonials that relate to your argument. Be friendly, polite, and factual, and refrain from using overly emotional language and judgmental statements. Agree to meet in the middle or compromise. End the letter with a powerful statement that persuades the recipient to be on your side.
Letters to Government Officials
Letters to government officials are letters written to any person who works and acts in an official capacity for the government. The recipients of such letters could be congressmen, governors, or even the president. There are many reasons why you may want to write to a government official. Maybe some roads in your area need reconstruction and proper lighting. Perhaps there is a curfew in your town which has made it impossible for you to do night shifts. Whatever the reason, the letter must be formal, respectful, and well-worded.
When writing letters to government officials, you need to decide the official to whom you want to direct the letter. Start by introducing yourself and clearly stating the reason for your letter. Explain how the issue at hand affects you and other people in your group. Explain your personal stand on it and the reason for your position. Offer suggestions that you think can solve the problem. Emphasize important information by bolding or underlining. Try to keep the letter short, preferably one page. Wrap it up by thanking the recipient in advance for reading the letter and considering your thoughts. Type the letter or write it in clear, legible handwriting.